Eloise Smart

Hotel La Casa

with Eloise Smart
  • Where:Seoul

  • Why:Sussing Seoul for six fun days.

  • When:November 2013

  • Who:Me + my Seoul mate.

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Highs & Lows

  • Literary surrounds – I’m a sucker for a stack of books and a ladder to reach them, so this foyer entry truly had me at hello.

  • Location - Seoul has ‘spots’ so to find a hotel as high-quality as this, right in the middle of the Gangnam action is a treat. Warning: do not venture out to the local convenience store in your jim jams... the blogger paps do prey in this area.

  • Oppa Gangnam Style - If you were Psy, you would probably need a few more Swarovksis stuck to your door handle to stay here, but as we’re not, and you’re not, this is a damn fine stamp of Seoul style in the center of where it’s at.

  • Bathroom goodies - when you google “what skincare do French women swear by?” this is the answer: “Caudalie.” So when you step into the shower, feel French and fabulous.

  • Fitness – new, clean, spacious, easy.

  • Room size - the Deluxe Double is the smallest room and a touch bare in its furnishings… we’d recommend the Business Double room and up. More bling.

The Barometer

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  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

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Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Modern, homely hotel good enough for Psy.

  • Vibe

    Your ideal Scandinavian home. In Asia.

  • Location

    Nestled in the top, left corner of trendy Sinsadong in Gangnam.

  • Rooms

    61

  • Music

    None.

  • Year Opened

    Recent.

  • Designed By

    Italian furniture design company Casamia, who has a dangerously good store next door.

  • Pool/Gym

    Well equipped gym with running machines, pilates balls to fall off, and a view to the pretty park.

  • Restaurant

    Yes.

  • Bar

    No.

  • Wifi

    Yes - free!

  • Children

    A one year old was having a rager in the loft area, but in general I’d say the less low flying objects, the better.

  • Price

    Good value for location and to feel like you’re in a cosy home, not a carbon copy hotel.

The top floor atrium is available with full dinner table, which can be catered for externally or from the Mia Casa restaurant downstairs. But if you need a quick meal head down to the divine Allo Paper Cafe for brunch, Ikovox flat white, or a mean Korean BBQ at Psy’s mom’s restaurant Kuai 19.

For those wanting a spot to throw a party or host a private event

527-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The top floor atrium is available with full dinner table, which can be catered for externally or from the Mia Casa restaurant downstairs. But if you need a quick meal head down to the divine Allo Paper Cafe for brunch, Ikovox flat white, or a mean Korean BBQ at Psy’s mom’s restaurant Kuai 19.

La Casa’s gym on the second floor has ample apparatus’ to choose from, or it’s a short run down to the Hermes Dorean Park (named so for the huge Hermes hut dwarfing the maple trees). Group running is big here in Seoul so if you need a pair of new runners head to the unmarked Nike store ‘round the corner.

For those needing to work it off

527-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

La Casa’s gym on the second floor has ample apparatus’ to choose from, or it’s a short run down to the Hermes Dorean Park (named so for the huge Hermes hut dwarfing the maple trees). Group running is big here in Seoul so if you need a pair of new runners head to the unmarked Nike store ‘round the corner.

Hotel La Casa

527-2 Sinsa-dong, Seoul, South Korea

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